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Private prison officials asking residents to help retain contract, jobs

Published: Wed, June 25, 2014 @ 10:34 p.m.


The company that operates the Northeast Ohio Correctional Center on Hubbard Road wants local residents to continue writing to their U.S. senators and representatives and to the U.S. Bureau of Prisons in support of renewal of the bureau’s prisoner housing contract here.

BOP’s contract to house 1,507 immigrant prisoners at NEOCC expires May 31, 2015.

Steven Owen, senior director of public affairs for the Nashville, Tenn.-based Corrections Corp. of America, which owns NEOCC, said he expects the bureau to make its decision in October on where to house these prisoners in the future.

The federally convicted and sentenced undocumented immigrants comprise about 70 percent of NEOCC’s population of 2,148 inmates, according to last year’s state inspection report.

The institution employs 443 staff and has a $20 million payroll, the report said.

Through its advertising, CCA is urging the public to visit its jobsforyoungstown.com website to get involved in NEOCC’s prison job retention campaign.

On Tuesday, CCA executives took a site acquisition specialist and a contract engineer from BOP on a tour of NEOCC, said Jeb Beasley, CCA’s managing director of partnership relations.

“The Bureau of Prisons is going and conducting tours of other facilities, so there is still competition out there, which, again, I think, underscores the importance of community support in this process,” Owen said.

“We have seen tremendous support thus far, not only from the community, but from local, state and federal elected officials. We’ve seen bipartisan support,” for the CCA campaign in Youngstown, Owen said.

“We just hope to continue that momentum down the stretch here as we get closer to the fall and a final decision by the Bureau of Prisons,” Owen added.

Read more about the contract in Thursday's Vindicator or on Vindy.com.

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